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18:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Army sniper Sgt. Evan Vela [JURIST news archive] was convicted Sunday of unpremeditated murder for the killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near Iskandariyah and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The military jury also found Vela guilty of making a false official statement and of conduct prejudicial [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Bilateral arms control agreements negotiated by the US and Russia during the Cold War should be replaced by multilateral agreements, former Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov [GlobalSecurity profile] said Sunday. Ivanov, who now serves as Russian first deputy prime minister, referred to bilateral agreements, including the Strategic Arms Limitation [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Cambodian Foreign Minister Ieng Sary [JURIST news archive], accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] communist regime of the 1970s, has returned to ECCC custody after his hospitalization [JURIST report] last week, an official for the Extraordinary [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Rwandan Chamber of Deputies [official website] has passed legislation that would make promoting "genocide ideology" a crime, punishable by life in prison for the worse offenders. The bill was passed unanimously by the country's lower house Friday, and now must be approved by the Rwandan Senate [official website] and signed by [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Chinese newspaper editor Yu Huafeng [RSF profile] has been released early from prison after serving four years on corruption charges [JURIST report], Reporters without Borders said Saturday. Yu and his colleague Li Minying [ICPC profile] were both convicted [CPJ press release] in 2004 for embezzlement, bribery and corruption. [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Argentinean military officers Paccagnini Ruben and Emilio Del Real were arrested by Argentina's Federal Police [official website, in Spanish] Saturday in connection with the August 1972 massacre of 16 leftist guerillas on a military base in the southern city of Trelew [government website]. Ruben and Del Real face [read more]

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